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PRYDE - Who May Participate

Who May Participate?

PRYDE is available to youth (ages 12-17) with at-risk behavioral, incorrigible, or delinquency problems such as running away, truancy, drug and alcohol use, or other illegal activity. Our services are provided to both youth and their families, provided they reside in one of the participating Orange County cities listed on the main page. The PRYDE program is voluntary; however, if the juvenile is unwilling to participate, we are still available to help parents and guardians with resources, guidance, and support.

Who may not participate?

Participants who are not appropriate for PRYDE are frequent criminal offenders, adjudicated juveniles, sexual offenders, and severe emotionally disturbed individuals.


The PRYDE program accepts referrals from parents, law enforcement, schools, and other community agencies. In order for us to initiate services, we need certain information that will allow us to determine suitability for participation in the program. This can be provided by calling (949) 206-8600 and speaking to a Diversion Specialist. We can provide standard referral forms to schools or other agencies upon request. This program requires parental consent and involvement.

Other Pepperdine University Youth Programs

Pepperdine's Student Support Programs provide a variety of on campus counseling services to students K-12. These services include, but are not limited to, conflict intervention and mediation; gang intervention; drug, alcohol, and tobacco education; individual, group, and family counseling; parent education; and classroom presentations.

Programs are staffed by graduate students and post-graduate interns from Pepperdine's Graduate School of Education and Psychology. All interns attend weekly supervision meetings and have received education and clinical supervision regarding conflict management; child abuse evaluation and reporting; dynamics of dysfunctional families; drug, alcohol and tobacco education; depression and suicide; child development; and other topics relevant to working effectively with at-risk youth.

Interns are supervised by program director Robert Hohenstein, PhD. Dr. Hohenstein is licensed in clinical psychology and marriage and family therapy. He is also credentialed for pupil personnel services, K-12. Over the past 15 years Dr. Hohenstein has directed at-risk student counseling programs in over 150 schools in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Dr. Hohenstein is available to consult with faculty regarding at-risk student issues including developing and implementing a crisis intervention model for each school participating in Pepperdine's Affiliate Counseling Education program.